At a Greater Haverhill Indivisible party last night I urged specific actions about Iran when opportunities arise vs unfocused rage or fear which could serve other agendas without making progress. Hours later, here’s our chance: 3 things to do.
1) Tomorrow, call (better) or email our Senators, tell them to vote for Senator Kaine’s bill to block further escalation of hostilities with Iran without approval by Congress* (some details in comment). It’s a privileged bill McConnell can’t block coming to the floor—it’s the priority.
2) Call your House Rep, tell them to publicly support Kaine’s bill now and vote for it when it comes to the House. If Seth Moulton or Lori Trahan is your rep, continue to 3)
3) If Lori Trahan or Seth Moulton is your rep, thank them for their statements on the Soleimani attack, ask them as members of the House Armed Services Committee to hold hearings to get answers from senior military leaders on a) what the military was told about justification and intent for the attack, b) how the attack has increased risk to our armed forces, and c) to confirm our armed forces will not follow unlawful orders to commit war crimes and deliberately target civilians and cultural sites under any circumstances in Iran or elsewhere, notwithstanding the President’s recent tweets and previous comments about the family members of US adversaries. Ask them to explain to America and the world why they won’t do that.
Do those 3 things. Don’t try to drop everything to become an Iran or law of armed conflict expert or endlessly debate the (likely flawed) merits of the Soleimani attack with supporters of the attack online or off. Don’t give in to people (with or without agendas) telling you that war or WWIII is imminent or inevitable. Don’t exhaust yourself on this alone.
Do these 3 things about this for now. Then keep going on all the issues you care about from climate change globally to affordable housing at the local level, support your preferred Presidential candidate in the primary, and knock on doors / register people to vote / bring friends with you to vote for another President this fall who will make America and the world more safe.
Article on Kaine bill: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/476702-kaine-introduces-resolution-to-block-war-with-iran